Writer-director Craig Brewer has landed his leads for his remake of Footloose, which is set for April 2011 Paramount release. Newcomer Kenny Wormald will play Ren (the role made famous by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 original), Julianne Hough (Dancing With The Stars) will play Ariel (the Lori Singer role), Dennis Quaid is Reverend Moore (John Lithgow) and Miles Teller is Willard (Chris Penn). Back to help with the remake are producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago), who will produce with Brad Weston and Dylan Sellers.
Original screenwriter and song writer Dean Pitchford will executive produce. Jamal Sims will choreograph; he worked with Madonna on her latest tour as well as on the August 2010 Hollywood Bowl production of Rent directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Brewer, who directed Hustle and Flow and Black Snake Moan, remembers the original rocking his world at the age of 13 and states that he “will be true to the spirit of the original film. But I still gotta put my own Southern grit into it and kick it into 2011.”